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Oscar Night Song Performers: Paltrow, Menken, Moore, Newman, Rahman

Oscar Night Song Performers: Paltrow, Menken, Moore, Newman, Rahman
The original song performers at the 83rd Academy Awards include Gwyneth Paltrow, Zachary Levi, Alan Menken, Mandy Moore, Randy Newman, A.R. Rahman and Florence + The Machine's Florence Welch. Paltrow will sing "Coming Home" from Country Strong, A. R Rahman and Welch will perform "If I Rise" from 127 Hours, Menken will join Moore and Levi to perform "I See the Light" from Tangled and Newman will perform Toy Story 3's "We Belong Together."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 4, 2011 7:29 AM
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Sundance Dealbook: The Devil's Double Goes to Lionsgate

Sundance Dealbook: The Devil's Double Goes to Lionsgate
Devil's Double was one of the stranger films I saw at Sundance. It stars Dominic Cooper (An Education) in the true story of Latif Yahia, an Iraq soldier who happens to be a dead ringer for the son of Saddam Hussein, Uday. Cooper plays both roles in a breakout performance. The soldier gets pulled into the palace and is forced under threat to his family to become the scion's double. He fixes his teeth and hair and makes public appearances. But he also falls for the wrong girl (Ludivine Sagnier). The movie is compelling, sexy, action-packed and stylishly shot by New Zealander Lee Tamahori (Once Were Warriors). But it is also overwrought and often silly. I laughed out loud at certain points. And I was not alone.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 4, 2011 12:35 AM
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Oscar Watch: Documentary Noms Shockers Explained

Oscar Watch: Documentary Noms Shockers Explained
One of the great subjects of debate this Oscar season is what happened with the documentary branch's voting for the final five nominations. Two hits from Oscar-winners were left off the list: Davis Guggenheim's Waiting for Superman and Alex Gibney's Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer, while outsider Banksy's Exit Through the Gift Shop came through.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 3, 2011 11:45 AM
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Sundance Trailer: Tom McCarthy's Win Win Earns Rave Reviews

Sundance Trailer: Tom McCarthy's Win Win Earns Rave Reviews
Actor-turned-writer-director Tom McCarthy showed his gift for character with The Station Agent (2003) and The Visitor (2007). Check out the trailer and rave reviews below for Win Win, which he co-wrote with Joe Tiboni. Fox Searchlight took the film, starring Paul Giamatti and Amy Ryan, to Sundance in advance of hitting theaters March 18. (Here's our Giamatti interview.)
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 3, 2011 9:15 AM
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The Twilight Saga Soundtracks, Volume 1: Music Videos and Performances

Music Videos and Performances From The Twilight Saga Soundtracks: Volume 1, a compilation of 22 hit songs from each of the three films, is now available on Blu-Ray, DVD and digital download via iTunes. This visual soundtrack includes Paramore (video below), Metric, Muse, Death Cab for Cutie and more.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 3, 2011 9:05 AM
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Legends: Nicholson's Wisdom, Marley's Reggae Life, TV vs. Film for Femme Superheroes

- Jack Nicholson sat down with The Daily Mail's Louise Gannon, who calls him, at 73, "a man who remains implacably resistant to rules." He mostly talked about aging and women: "If men are honest, everything they do and everywhere they go is for a chance to see women. There were points in my life where I felt oddly irresistible to women. I’m not in that state now and that makes me sad."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 3, 2011 8:46 AM
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Chris Nolan Talks Directing: Following, Memento, Insomnia, Prestige, Batman, Inception, Superman

Chris Nolan Talks Directing: Following, Memento, Insomnia, Prestige, Batman, Inception, Superman
In the green room backstage at the Santa Barbara Film Fest tribute to Inception writer-director Chris Nolan, presenter Leonardo DiCaprio showed me and moderator Pete Hammond his collection of priceless movie posters on his BlackBerry. He collects the rarest of the rare, the best of the best, from Casablanca to his latest acquisition, a Metropolis one-sheet that he paid more for than any other movie poster ever. How much? He demurred.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 3, 2011 7:03 AM
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Oscar Ballots Mailed, Tom Sherak Talks: Online Ballots, Franco and Hathaway, Top Ten, Date Move

Oscar Ballots Mailed, Tom Sherak Talks: Online Ballots, Franco and Hathaway, Top Ten, Date Move
The Academy mailed final ballots for the 83rd Awards on February 2 to 5,755 voting members. The completed ballots are due at 5 PM February 22. Most members--whether in London, New York or Borneo--will anxiously mail their ballots or, if they are in Los Angeles, walk them into PricewaterhouseCooper's offices. After tabulating the votes, PricewaterhouseCoopers will place winners’ names in the sealed envelopes that are opened on the Oscar show February 27.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 3, 2011 6:48 AM
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Jonathan Glickman Named MGM Production Chief

MGM co-chairmen and CEOs Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum have brought over 12-year Spyglass president Jonathan Glickman as new prexy of MGM's Motion Picture Group.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 2, 2011 9:51 AM
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SXSW's Pierson Talks 2011 Features Program; Will Sundance Buying Spree Continue?

SXSW's Pierson Talks 2011 Features Program; Will Sundance Buying Spree Continue?
The South by Southwest Film Festival has never historically been a market. Set in March in Austin's vibrant film community, nourished by the concurrent SXSW Interactive Fest and the wildly popular Music Fest to follow, SXSW Film Fest has continued under the canny direction of Janet Pierson to nourish indie newcomers, launch male-driven commercial comedies (Simon Pegg sci-fi comedy Paul would be this year's example) and pull a young hip moviegoing demo. One hot ticket this March will be Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke's Red Riding Hood. Last year's SXSW breakouts include Lena Dunham's Tiny Furniture, Aaron Katz's Cold Weather, Gareth Edwards' Monsters and the doc Marwencol. (Full 2011 line-up is posted below.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 2, 2011 7:58 AM
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